An unforgettable book, which is both an act of catharsis and a profound demonstration of empathy. Spoor, the film adaptation of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. Read the review, Sheba, a middle-aged teacher at a London comprehensive, begins an affair with her 15-year-old student - but we hear about it from a fellow teacher, the needy Barbara, whose obsessive nature drives the narrative. Set in a village without a name, the narrative dramatises what it’s like to see the world you know come to an end, in a severance of the connection between people and land that has deep relevance for our time of climate crisis and forced migration.Read the review, Melancholic and transcendent, Chiang’s eight, high-concept sci-fi stories exploring the nature of language, maths, religion and physics racked up numerous awards and a wider audience when ‘Story of Your Life’ was adapted into the 2016 film Arrival. Only fantasy books, please do not add science fiction or paranormal-romance books. to say about the frustrating and beautiful complexities of the human experience. Top 100 Films of the 21st Century by The_Badger_Man | created - 21 Dec 2010 | updated - 21 Jan 2020 | Public Keep commenting below with Watchlist suggestions and please keep letting me know which entry is your least favorite. avg. Maybe we find comfort in the reminder that yes, things could be worse. Millions of book copies sold such famous writers like Stephen King, Danielle Steel, Josh Grisham, but who are the others? by Jessica Doyle. Can a book be both lyric and epic? Read the review, The epic that made Mitchell’s name is a Russian doll of a book, nesting stories within stories and spanning centuries and genres with aplomb. A separate Modern Library 100 Best … 3.96 avg rating — 213,336 ratings . Read the review, In this urgent examination of free-market fundamentalism, Klein argues – with accompanying reportage – that the social breakdowns witnessed during decades of neoliberal economic policies are not accidental, but in fact integral to the functioning of the free market, which relies on disaster and human suffering to function. Edward P. Jones’s first novel, an early contender for Best Book of the 21st Century, imagines a family of black slaveowners in 1850s Virginia. Read the review, Emerging from Solomon’s own painful experience, this “anatomy” of depression examines its many faces – plus its science, sociology and treatment. The US economy as she experienced it is full of routine humiliation, with demands as high as the rewards are low. Keeping up with it all might set your head spinning, but every page is rich with the sights, sounds, and scents of a city on the brink of a new millennium. Read the review, Sebald died in a car crash in 2001, but his genre-defying mix of fact and fiction, keen sense of the moral weight of history and interleaving of inner and outer journeys have had a huge influence on the contemporary literary landscape. The worlds, the languages, the maps and the characters he created in his world are as believable as a fictional fantasy world could be. Read the review, Atkinson examines family, history and the power of fiction as she tells the story of a woman born in 1910 – and then tells it again, and again, and again. The former children’s laureate’s series is a crucial work for explaining racism to young readers. Read the review, An entertaining and highly influential book from the writer best known for his advice: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” The author follows four meals on their journey from field to plate – including one from McDonald’s and a locally sourced organic feast. What follows is an idiosyncratic list of Epic Page-Turners. So, I thought it would be illuminating to see just what are some of the best selling novels of the 21st century. The book doubles as a set of profound reflections on objects and what they mean to us. Marías constructs an elegant murder mystery from his trademark labyrinthine sentences, but this investigation is in pursuit of much meatier questions than whodunnit. Your words fill my heart with joy. Read the review, The American cartoonist’s darkly humorous memoir tells the story of how her closeted gay father killed himself a few months after she came out as a lesbian. Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee in The Road, based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel. Edward P. Jones’s first novel, an early contender for Best Book of the 21st Century, imagines a family of black slaveowners in 1850s Virginia. Just what was in the water at the Brontë house? What is it about dystopian fiction that keeps readers going back for more? Today the bulk of her earnings presented with theme parks, theatrical productions, and new films. Smith has an eye for spotting fundamentalism in many forms—religious, political, and scientific—and her intermingled cast of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Chalfenists, and members of KEVIN and FATE collide spectacularly at the public unveiling of FutureMouse. type to search. Atwood keeps you guessing, and then parcels out the answers only as the novel races to a close. In her intricate and richly imagined far future universe, the world is ending, ripped apart by relentless earthquakes and volcanoes. As the first decade of the 21st century came to a close, the Japanese master of magical realism Haruki Marukami published 1Q84 — a novel that can only be defined as the Eastern version of 1984, but on acid. *Books originally published before 2000 will be removed* Some Subgenres: Best Epic Fantasy Best Urban Fantasy Fantasy by Time Period: Pre-Tolkien Fantasy (Fantasy up through 1937) Classic Fantasy … Every one of these books invests deeply in the creation of vivid characters, and at the same time puts those characters in motion in ways that make the stories read like a fever dream. Fredy Neptune: A Novel in Verse by Les Murray (1998) 21st century. Just who is (are?) No character acts as at first expected in Munro’s stories, which are attuned to the tiniest shifts in perception. No sibling authors have ever equaled Charlotte and Emily Brontë (not to mention their sister Anne Brontë, who was no slouch herself). Modern Library's 100 Best Novels is a 1998 list of the best English-language novels published during the 20th century, as selected by Modern Library from among 400 novels published by Random House, which owns Modern Library. Read the review, Pratchett’s mighty Discworld series is a high point in modern fiction: a parody of fantasy literature that deepened and darkened over the decades to create incisive satires of our own world. White Noise by Don DeLillo (1985) What success in dollars got The Hunger Games”, “A Song of Ice and Fire”, “The Girl with the Drag… What the evolutionary biologist lacks in philosophical sophistication, he makes up for in passion, and the book sold in huge numbers. Read the review, Rooney’s second novel, a love story between two clever and damaged young people coming of age in contemporary Ireland, confirmed her status as a literary superstar. 28,648 views from goodreads.com. Read the review, The author of The Big Short has made a career out of rendering the most opaque subject matter entertaining and comprehensible: Moneyball tells the story of how geeks outsmarted jocks to revolutionise baseball using maths. Their convergence is wonderfully achieved. These varied perspectives, illuminated by love and loyalty, combine to create a thoughtful mosaic depicting the complex beginnings of Britain’s multicultural society. I often turned to these books as I worked on my own first novel—which clocked in at a feverish 550 pages—hoping to crack the code that made each such a joy to read. Robinson’s meditative, deeply philosophical novel is told through letters written by elderly preacher John Ames in the 1950s to his young son who, when he finally reaches an adulthood his father won’t see, will at least have this posthumous one-sided conversation: “While you read this, I am imperishable, somehow more alive than I have ever been.” This is a book about legacy, a record of a pocket of America that will never return, a reminder of the heartbreaking, ephemeral beauty that can be found in everyday life. Fans are still waiting for volume two. Strikingly honest, originally written, with a galaxy of intellectual reference points, it is essentially a love story; one that seems to make a new way of living possible. His final work, the typically allusive life story of one man, charts the Jewish disapora and lost 20th century with heartbreaking power. Feminism, mythology and the daily grind come together for a book that combines emotion and intellect to dazzling effect.Read the review, As the hysteria over immigration to the US began to build in 2015, the Mexican novelist volunteered to work as an interpreter in New York’s federal immigration court. A telling description of modern power … Yanis Varoufakis. Mathews picks 10 of his favorite epic page-turners. 1: My Brilliant Friend by. Eilis makes a life for herself in New York, but is drawn back by the possibilities of the life she has lost at home. Read the review, Canada’s observant and humane short story writer, who won the Nobel in 2013, is at her best in this collection. Free UK p&p over £15, online orders only. The turbulent waves of 20th-century history crash over it as the house is sold by a Jewish family fleeing the Third Reich, requisitioned by the Russian army, reclaimed by exiles returning from Siberia, and sold again. Three narrative strands – spanning far-future space opera, contemporary unease and virtual-reality pastiche – are braided together for a breathtaking metaphysical voyage in pursuit of the mystery at the heart of reality.Read the review, A grand house by a lake in the east of Germany is both the setting and main character of Erpenbeck’s third novel. The surface details are sensuously, vividly immediate, the language as fresh as new paint; but her exploration of power, fate and fortune is also deeply considered and constantly in dialogue with our own era, as we are shaped and created by the past. Two slaves flee their masters using the underground railroad, the network of abolitionists who helped slaves out of the south, wonderfully reimagined by Whitehead as a steampunk vision of a literal train. Somehow I managed to major in English without ever reading Jane Eyre. As Mabanckou’s unreliable narrator munches his “bicycle chicken” and drinks his red wine, it becomes clear he has the history of Congo-Brazzaville and the whole of French literature in his sights.Read the review, Radical journalist Mikael Blomkvist forms an unlikely alliance with troubled young hacker Lisbeth Salander as they follow a trail of murder and malfeasance connected with one of Sweden’s most powerful families in the first novel of the bestselling Millennium trilogy. Pullman has brought imaginative fire and storytelling bravado to the weightiest of subjects: religion, free will, totalitarian structures and the human drive to learn, rebel and grow. Not until my forties did I tackle what has since become one of my All-Time Favorites. Though the epistolary novel (a novel in the form of letters written by one or more characters) was most popular before the 19th century, Alice Walker became a champion of the style with her 1982 Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning novel The Color Purple. The 29th book, focusing on unlikely heroes, displays all his fierce intelligence, anger and wild humour, in a story that’s moral, humane – and hilarious. Read the review, An agenda-setting book that is devastating about the extent to which big tech sets out to manipulate us for profit. This and the three novels that followed documented the ways misogyny and violence could determine lives, as well as the history of Italy in the late 20th century. Our list of the best historical fiction books includes bestse She meets other writers for dinner. Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes in the 2005 film adaptation of The Constant Gardener. Read the review, This warm yet biting collection of short stories by the Booker-winning American author will restore your faith in humanity. Read the review, A father and his young son, “each the other’s world entire”, trawl across the ruins of post-apocalyptic America in this terrifying but tender story told with biblical conviction. Trips belowthe surface inspire reflections on “deep” geological time and raiseurgent questions about the human impact on planet Earth. So here's my list of best 21st century books: Added May 2017: Open City by Teju Cole. Parts of this site are only available to paying PW subscribers. Read the review, An eye-opening study, based on overwhelming evidence, which revealedthat among rich countries, the “more equal societies almost always dobetter” for all. Read the review. the narrator(s)? In this book we have, as she intended, “a sense of history listening and talking to itself”.Read the review. That make you stay up into the small hours, despite that six-thirty alarm clock. Although now approaching fifteen years since publication, this list tells us much about our recent historical inheritance, and provides a valuable reminder of the vitality of conservatism and the errors of liberalism. )”, Makina sets off from her village in Mexico with a package from a local gangster and a message for her brother, who has been gone for three years. Benedict Cumberbatch in the TV adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels. Read the review, The science journalist examines with clarity and memorable detail the current crisis of plant and animal loss caused by human civilisation (over the past half billion years, there have been five mass extinctions on Earth; we are causing another). Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel follows her coming-of-age in the lead up to and during the Iranian revolution. Well, almost all of it. While Jane Eyre doesn’t stint on the strange and otherworldly—Rochester dresses as a fortune-teller, Bertha lurks in the attic, St. John Rivers has odd ideas about marriage—Wuthering Heights takes Gothic passion to new, well, heights with its multigenerational tale of Heathcliff, Cathy, Cathy Junior, a ghost, and a ramshackle house high above the Yorkshire moors. As a professor at a New England liberal arts college, I can assure you it’s all fiction. His life is haunted by the disappearance of his cousin Lucy, who is revealed 20 years later to have been murdered by Fred West. 1. The slide into savagery as civilisation collapses is harrowing material, but McCarthy’s metaphysical efforts to imagine a cold dark universe where the light of humanity is winking out are what make the novel such a powerful ecological warning. • To order any of these titles go to guardianbookshop.com or call 0330 333 6846. 10 of the Most Important Poets of the 21st Century Prev Article Next Article Although many think back to the poets of the Romantic or Modern movements when they consider great poetic works, the writers of today have as much (if not more!) The book ranges widely from the fall of the Berlin wall to the Zapatista uprising in Mexico, to the invention of Viagra. J.K. Rowling made her first billion in 2004 and still is the highest-paid author of 2019. Dazzling debut novels, searing polemics, the history of humanity and trailblazing memoirs ... Read our pick of the best books since 2000, Last modified on Fri 23 Oct 2020 13.11 BST, Perhaps better known for her screenwriting (Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, Heartburn), Ephron’s brand of smart theatrical humour is on best display in her essays. Claudia Rankine confronts the history of racism in the US. Her debut was a mystery/thriller set on the campus of a New England liberal arts college where louche, classics-obsessed students commit a crime and then unravel under the weight of the consequences. Paranoid yet plausible, Roth’s alternative-world novel is only more relevant in the age of Trump. One sister recounts the story of her younger sister, who died when her car plunged off a bridge. Here Asriel’s struggle against the Authority reaches its climax, Lyra and Will journey to the Land of the Dead, and Mary investigates the mysterious elementary particles that lend their name to his current trilogy: The Book of Dust. In this powerful series of essays she tells the poignant stories of the children she met, situating them in the wider context of the troubled relationship between the Americas. The Belarusian Nobel laureate recorded thousands of hours of testimony from ordinary people to create this oral history of the Soviet Union and its end. ‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay’ by Michael Chabon is a refreshing take on life, travel and mysteries of happiness and success all together. Read the review, “Normal cells are identically normal; malignant cells become unhappily malignant in unique ways.” In adapting the opening lines of Anna Karenina, Mukherjee sets out the breathtaking ambition of his study of cancer: not only to share the knowledge of a practising oncologist but to take his readers on a literary and historical journey. Read the review, The New Yorker staff writer examines phenomena from shoe sales to crime rates through the lens of epidemiology, reaching his own tipping point, when he became a rock-star intellectual and unleashed a wave of quirky studies of contemporary society. One of Canada’s most celebrated poets examines love and desire in a collection that describes itself as “a fictional essay in 39 tangos”. Freelance journalist and broadcaster, writing about music and the arts. Read the review, A key text in the days when the “New Atheism” was much talked about, The God Delusion is a hard-hitting attack on religion, full of Dawkins’s confidence that faith produces fanatics and all arguments for God are ridiculous. Here, “epic” means a minimum of 400 pages. Read the review, This memoir by the leather-jacketed economist of the six months he spent as Greece’s finance minister in 2015 at a time of economic and political crisis has been described as “one of the best political memoirs ever written”. Read the review, In this modern classic of reportage, Ehrenreich chronicled her attempts to live on the minimum wage in three American states. Tolkiens masterpiece, The Lord Of The Rings is an epic in every sense of the world. Read the review, From the slow emergency response in the black suburbs destroyed by hurricane Katrina to a mother trying to move her daughter away from a black passenger on a plane, the poet’s award-winning prose work confronts the history of racism in the US and asks: regardless of their actual status, who truly gets to be a citizen? My opinion. The 20 best books of the 21st century — according to Goodreads: Captions provided by Amazon and edited for length. (Soon, I hope. 89. This one pulls together wrestling, writing, “gradual” students, parenthood, marriage, infidelity, Ellen Jamesians, trans football players, memoir-writing mothers, and more into a novel with a heart that’s even bigger than its 650 pages. But psychologist Kahneman argues that, although System Two thinks it is in control, many of our decisions are really made by System One. Her sweeping, evocative novel, which won the Orange prize, charts the political and personal struggles of those caught up in the conflict and explores the brutal legacy of colonialism in Africa. Mary Beard, whose slim manifesto Women & Power became an instant feminist classic. Not simply another expression of the “techlash”, Zuboff’s ambitious study identifies a new form of capitalism, one involving the monitoring and shaping of our behaviour, often without our knowledge, with profound implications for democracy. With shades of Patricia Highsmith, this teasing investigation into sex, class and loneliness is a dark marvel.Read the review, The Spanish master examines chance, love and death in the story of an apparently random killing that gradually reveals hidden depths. Read the review, From his 1989 Booker winner The Remains of the Day to 2015’s The Buried Giant, Nobel laureate Ishiguro writes profound, puzzling allegories about history, nationalism and the individual’s place in a world that is always beyond our understanding. Read the review. Read the review, The members of one ordinarily unhappy American family struggle to adjust to the shifting axes of their worlds over the final decades of the 20th century. Her devastating examination of grief and widowhood changed the nature of writing about bereavement. This 2005 tragedy caught the attention of one of Australia’s greatest living writers. Marukami’s novel starts in 1984, when a woman named Aomame assassinates a guest at a glamorous hotel. 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Read the review, The beautifully written product of 15 years of research, Capital made its author an intellectual star – the modern Marx – and opened readers’ eyes to how neoliberalism produces vastly increased inequalities. Viscerally focused and intense, yet imbued with the grandeur of the landscape, the book explores love, gender and survival with a rare, luminous power.Read the review, Los Angeles Times journalist Barbara Demick interviewed around 100 North Korean defectors for this propulsive work of narrative non-fiction, but she focuses on just six, all from the north-eastern city of Chongjin – closed to foreigners and less media-ready than Pyongyang. The Guardian 100 Best Books of the 21st Century All Votes Add Books To This List. The 60 Best Dystopian Books. Read the review, A love story to the golden age of comics in New York, Chabon’s Pulitzer-winner features two Jewish cousins, one smuggled out of occupied Prague, who create an anti-fascist comic book superhero called The Escapist. The BBC polled dozens of U.S. book critics to find the greatest novels published in the 21st century. Read the review, Based on Beard’s lectures on women’s voices and how they have been silenced, Women and Power was an enormous publishing success in the “#MeToo”’ year 2017. Anna digs tank traps and dodges patrols as she scavenges for wood, but the hand of history is hard to escape. Here, it is the enclosure of the commons, a fulcrum of English history, that drives his story of dispossession and displacement. Full of data, theories and historical analysis, its message is clear, and prophetic: unless governments increase tax, the new and grotesque wealth levels of the rich will encourage political instability. 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